Pregame notes: Sox ready for doubleheader

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Pregame notes: Sox ready for doubleheader

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

DETROIT The Red Sox are scheduled to play their first doubleheader of the season -- weather permitting. Their last split doubleheader was Oct. 2, 2010 -- the penultimate day of the season -- against the Yankees, with the teams splitting the twinbill.

Right-hander Clay Buchholz will start the early game for the Sox, with lefty Andy Oliver making his first start of the season for the Tigers. Right-hander Josh Beckett and Justin Verlander will start the second game.

Manager Terry Francona has lineups ready for both games, with the second game in pencil, in case something happens in the first game. Francona plans to play Dustin Pedroia in both games, but will make adjustments, if necessary.

Kevin Youkilis will serve as the designated hitter in the first game. It is the fourth time Youkilis will DH this season. He also served as the DH facing lefties on April 12 against the Rays David Price; April 20, the As Gio Gonzalez; and May 7, the Twins Brian Duensing, (he later moved to third base).

The next step for Marco Scutaro, who has been sidelined since May 8 with a left oblique strain, is to take batting practice on the field. He has been hitting off a tee and in the cage. Before he can progress to the field, though, he needs to be examined by team medical director, Dr. Tom Gill, which will take place Monday, when the Sox return to Fenway.

Bobby Jenks, who has been on the DL since May 2 with a biceps strain, is scheduled to pitch an inning in a rehab assignment for Pawtucket today. He could be activated this week.

Daisuke Matsuzaka is on schedule to visit Dr. Lewis Yokum in Los Angeles on Tuesday to get a second opinion on his right elbow. He is still in Japan, but has been in contact with trainer Mike Reinold. Francona said Matsuzaka is feeling better daily and his range of motion is good. The hope is still that Matsuzaka can get his elbow back to full strength through rehab, avoiding surgery.

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz 'not demoralized'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz 'not demoralized'

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies:

 

QUOTES

"Yeah. Dave (Dombrowski), and I and Carl (Willis), we always have conversations about every guy, so this will be no different. We know that Eddie (Rodriguez) is ready to come back to us, but there's been no decision made as of right now.'' - John Farrell, asked whether the team intends to assess Clay Buchholz's spot in the starting rotation.

"(I'm) not demoralized. The team's still winning. I'm basically the only one that's struggling. . . The other guys are doing a really good job of picking up the slack that I'm leaving behind.'' - Buchholz.

"That's out of my pay grade; I can't worry about that. I'm here to pitch. If I don't have a spot, that's part of it. As they say, if you don't like it, pitch better. That's what it comes down to.'' - Buchholz.

"It was a fun ride. I had a lot of fun. I enjoyed it. Most of all, the team played really well during it. I was blessed to be in this situation.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on the end of his 29-game winning streak.

"I'm very proud of myself. To be able to get the opportunity to go this far, it's a blessing. I wouldn't say I'm disappointed. Obviously, you want to get a hit, but it's tough getting a hit day-in, day-out. It was a pretty special run for me.'' - Bradley.

 

NOTES

* Jackie Bradley Jr's 29-game hitting streak came to an end. It's tied for the fourth-longest streak in franchise history.

* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 19 games, now the longest such streak in the big leagues.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base via a walk or a hit in each of his last 15 starts.

* In David Ortiz's last 15 games, he has 16 extra-base hits and 20 RBI.

* The Red Sox have scored 51 runs in the first inning over 47 games, an average of 1.09 per first inning.

* Ortiz (double, homer) passed Ty Cobb to move into 13th place on the all-time extra-base hit list.

* Ortiz set a personal record by knocking in multiple runs for the fourth straight game.

* The three homers allowed by Clay Buchholz were a season-high.

 

STARS

1) Jon Gray

Gray earned the first road win of his career by going 7 1/3 innings and blanking the Red Sox after the first inning.

2) Dustin Garneau

The Colorado catcher set a career best with six total bases, hitting a two-run homer in the fifth and a double in the ninth.

3) David Ortiz

Ortiz homered in the first inning to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead four batters into the game, then chipped in with a leadoff double in the fourth.